PR/Media Week in Review 03-23-08

Mark Rose, Editor, PRBlogNewsObama bounces, Hillary flattens.  Twists and turns in the Demo Presidential campaign got a little wilder this week with Bill Richardson, aka Wolfman Jack, the latest ‘friend’ to turn on Hillary Clinton. It’s almost like “March of the Demos” as one by one the big honchos – Kerry, Kennedy, Richardson - dive into the icy waters that bring the Party closer to the brink of self-annihilation. If Nancy Pelosi announces for Obama the gig could be up for Hillary. Frank Rich, the liberal standard bearing columnist for The New York Times, ganged up on Hillary this week, the one two punch with the ever-snarky Maureen Dowd.

Retired Gen. Tony McPeak, an Obama surrogate, compared Bill Clinton to Joe McCarthy at a rally in Portland, Oregon. James Carville said the Richardson endorsement of Obama “came right around the anniversary of the day when Judas sold out for 30 pieces of silver.” ReporterMore incoming every day as McCain acts Presidential in jaunts around Europe and Middle East with the ever-fawning Joe Lieberman at his side as Clinton-Obama turns into a rock-em-sock-em bare knuckles fight to the finish. 

Hang the PR Guy That’s what former Governor Eliot Spitzer tried to do when we first reported on “TrooperGate” last August in the PRBlogNews post Free Darren Dopp – NY Gov Flack Takes Fall. According to a NY Times story released this evening Spitzer was deeply involved in trying to discredit New York State Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno and he expected to sacrifice his PR guy to investigators. “Dopp is suffering for Spitzer’s sins. The Flack is not that expendable, and loyalty is not that cheap,” we wrote last August.  The incident was an early indicator that Spitzer was out of control – a “spoiled brat” as Bruno referred to him.

Peter Shankman gets coverage for himself in The New York Times (“In Helping Journalists, a Publicist Helps Himself”) by plugging reporters into his growing network of sources. See the newly launched HelpAReporter (could this put ProfNet out of business?).

Loren Feldman has the killer instinct, with a playful edge. When he gets hold of Jason McCabe Calacanis or Robert Scoble or Juila Alison or Seesmic he’s like a cat with a mouse. He likes to play around with his prey before administering the coup de grâce.  Poor Shel Israel. He probably thought he had a nice gig with Fast Company interviewing web 2.o marginal celebs. See video below for Loren’s first shot at Shel and Fast Company and see 1938Media for hilarious follow-ups including “Fast Company Puppet Theater.”


  1. Alex F. says:

    There are rumors about on of the big firms – probably William Morris – establishing a new social media PR agency called Buzz Temple. There’s a site at but you need a password to get inside. Anyone got any details on that? Please, this could be my future employer ;-)

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